We recently spotted it testing, and now Kia digitally dropped all of the cladding and obfuscation from its next-generation Sorento crossover to tease its true face. For the new model, it certainly looks as if the company's designers will evolve the current CUV's shape to be a bit more curvaceous than before.

According to Kia, the new design has a lower roofline and higher beltline than the current model, and the side windows certainly look a lot narrower than they are now. These renderings also hint at the next Sorento's more rectangular, vertical front end with the Korean automaker's now recognizable "tiger-nose grille." At the back, the styling appears to be a bit more rounded with the rear glass and taillights wrapping around slightly.

We won't have to base our opinions on renderings for long. Kia says that it will unveil the new Sorento in Korea at the end of August and will debut it to Europeans at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in early October. Scroll down to watch a video showing off some more renderings of the upcoming model and read Kia's teaser release.
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Bold and sophisticated styling for third-generation Sorento

The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month, featuring bold, swept-back exterior styling.

The new model boasts a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear and deeply sculpted body surfaces. Together with a larger, more upright 'tiger-nose' grille, these design changes raise the aesthetic sophistication of Kia's best-selling SUV.

Styled at Kia's design studios in Korea, Germany and the USA, the all-new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea at the end of August, and is due to make its European premiere on 2nd October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


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      Jason H
      • 4 Months Ago
      Why, why, WHY must all "concept" vehicles be equipped with gigantic donked-out inner-city ghetto rims? Is there some sort of law on the books?
      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago
      Lower roof line + higher belt line = reduced visibility. I really don't get this trend. I had hoped the original Chrysler 300 would have been the peak of it, but sadly it continues. I sat in the new Mazda3 recently and all was great until you looked over your shoulder. The view back there was horrible. Especially for such a small car. I get that designers want to be swoopy and edgy, but why can't they do so with big glass? Yes I know, I know... safety regs on side impact, etc. Still don't like it!
        FriscoKid
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I wholeheartedly agree. The state of outward visibility in the current crop of CUVs is terrible. Just about the only one that offers great visibility (and as a result, utility) is the Subaru Forester. I wish this pinched glass/raised belt-line trend would come to an end. It is a CUV, stop trying to make it look like a sedan or wagon!
        TahsinZ
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        You're right. I have a 2014 Mazda3, and it's a great car. But I only thing I don't like is the outdoor visibility. Blindspots are too big.
      Scooter
      • 4 Months Ago
      FYI. Concept/future design renderings are always low slung and sweeping back. Look at any rendered design and it's almost always a sweeping back, low slung vehicle with massive wheels.
      A P
      • 4 Months Ago
      Great, just what the world needs, ANOTHER car one cant see out of.
      PM
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looks like a great redesign. What a leap from the current design which has seemingly been around forever. I see hints of Jaguar and Volvo in that front (not a bad thing). Very premium looking
        Scooter
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PM
        Shameless knocking off. (Not a bad thing)... In what world is being a shameless, uncreative mimic not a bad thing?
          mary.keana
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Scooter
          I'm sure he is referring to the "knocking" off of the past generation MDX.
        mary.keana
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PM
        "what a leap" ? Doesn't look like much changed other than a revised grill and a change to the crease line in the lower door panel.
      SethG
      • 4 Months Ago
      Kia seems to be the only manufacturer approaching this segment with any urgency when it comes to refreshing it's product. Mazda has a 7 year old car. GM has an 8 year old car. Honda has a 6 year old car. Don't even talk about Volvo. While none of the newer entries (Explorer, Durango, Pathfinder, Highlander) have really moved the needle to the point that any of the older cars are truly uncompetitive, it's nice to see that Kia isn't satisfied to keep pushing out the same car for years.
      johnbravo6
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is so lame. Trying to be all mysterious and deep, drumming up all this hype over a grocery getter, POS minivan. Can't wait for the new Camry ads. 'Are you ready for ultra-beige?'
      Robert Moore
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looks like a Toyota Venza to me.
      bK
      • 4 Months Ago
      Ford with a bmw grille from the angle
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